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Inventor charges farmers $50,000 to make it rain

Posted on Thursday, 24 October, 2019 | Comment icon 19 comments

Miles' claims have been met with a significant degree of skepticism. Image Credit: CC 2.0 JDP90
An Australian weather modification firm has drawn fierce criticism for selling rainfall to drought-hit farmers.
Inventor David Miles, who has been developing weather modification technology for decades, maintains that he has created a device that can actually make it rain on demand.

Unfortunately however he won't reveal to anyone how the technology works because he is worried about a rival firm stealing it or the military using it to create some form of weather weapon.

The only clue so far is that the device allegedly uses something called 'electromagnetic scalar waves.'

"There's no way we want to con anyone," he said. "We've been able to make adjustments to approaching weather and we want to be able to offer that to the rest of Australia."

Miles is now selling his services in a limited capacity to drought-hit farmers in the form of a three-month $50,000 contract. If he fails to make it rain, the client won't have to pay anything at all.

"They signed the agreement that if by the end of June they'd received 100mm, they pay $50,000, if they only receive 50mm, they would only pay $25,000," he said.
"Anything under half we don't want to be paid."

Miles' ultimate goal is to raise $10 million so that he can build a facility to develop the idea further.

Not everyone however is enthusiastic about his claims - the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has actually warned people not to do business with him.

"It's preying on people's desperation," said deputy chairman Mick Keogh.

"If you wanted to prosecute a court requires you to prove essentially that there's no basis for the claims being made and that is a very difficult thing to do."

"By far the very best defence against them is widespread consumer education. It's up to individuals obviously to make their own mind up. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is."

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Tags: Rain, Australia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Bed of chaos on 25 October, 2019, 0:06
Eventually he'll rip off the wrong person..and they'll want more than the money back.
Comment icon #11 Posted by geraldnewfie on 25 October, 2019, 1:04
sooooooo if he can make it rain on demand why wait for it to rain? i can made a cardboard machine and say i can do the same, and guess what it rains, its called nature so either way this dude is getting money for bull****
Comment icon #12 Posted by Nnicolette on 25 October, 2019, 3:01
I also have some tiger repellent for sale.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Free99 on 25 October, 2019, 3:19
It's preying on people's stupidity
Comment icon #14 Posted by kel_kel on 25 October, 2019, 5:55
Scientists have been able to make it rain for a while now, it's nothing new they use cloud seeding and other various methods.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Chewie1990 on 25 October, 2019, 6:11
Very true, not sure this is the same as that though.. Edit: in fact I couldn't directly validate that top quote so I thought I'd check their official site, it looks like they've reworded it to sound a little more technical and less sci fi.. and somehow it reads even worse: Edit 2: I missed that some of this info was actually summarised in the article linked in the OP, but more sources and details never hurt..
Comment icon #16 Posted by Rlyeh on 25 October, 2019, 7:47
So he has a time machine?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Essan on 25 October, 2019, 9:43
Only to an extent Cloud seeding is believed to increase the likelihood of moisture bearing clouds precipitating over a given area, but there is no way to create moisture laden clouds in the first place.   If you have dry air aloft then it won't rain whatever you do.  And if you do make it rain, 99 times out of 100 it would probably have rained anyway (but maybe just not quite as much).
Comment icon #18 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz on 25 October, 2019, 9:52
Wishful thinking and please don't give me any other ideas......
Comment icon #19 Posted by Jon the frog on 27 October, 2019, 0:58
Cloud seeding is a thing... some pay big bucks for it !     But we can find some old folks story

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